I don’t know Arthur, I’ve never met him but I have heard Margaret talk about him. Margaret is a member of the Creative Writing Group I belong to. She has written some very funny pieces and was one of the early members to write a Guest Tea Towel. For a long time she has said that Arthur would write a poem as a Guest Tea Towel. When you get an offer like that, you sense it will never happen. Margaret proved me wrong, I am pleased to say.
I was invited to Afternoon Tea with Ishbel, as a ‘thank you’ for designing her Puppet Festival Tea Towel; it was a kind of ‘reunion’ for the Creative Writing Puppeteers. Margaret was there AND she brought Arthur’s poem, rather poems, AND a beautiful Emma Bridgewater tea towel, for me. Clearly the tea towel fits with the theme of the poem but at the bottom of the page I attach an Owl Tea Towel that Ishbel gave to Liz (and, no, she hasn’t given it to me) and a British Owls Tea Towel, very popular for many years which I was given, along with 18 others, by Susan’s mother.
I am making the assumption that Arthur is a bird-watcher but he is also a very funny and clever poet!
Teet Owl (Dryers family)
In Britain: Common
Identification: White with dark stains on breast, even after washing
Voice: Whistles, like a pig
Habitat: Kitchen drawers, clothes baskets, washing lines, rhubarb trees
Food: Mops up jam, treacle, milk and other liquids
Breeding: Year round in dark cupboards, rhubarb trees
With thanks to Collins ‘Birds of Britain’
Using his knowledge of the Teet Owl, Arthur has written a masterpiece of a poem:
Is a pretty bird
It whistles like a pig
It builds it’s nest in a rhubarb tree
And leaps from twig to twig.
It plays it’s song on a rolling pin
And sings a happy rhumba
It likes to dine at 49
On grapeshot and cucumber.
It has a mate called a Poppin Jay
Who really knows his onions.
He goes to school ‘cos he’s no fool
He’s an expert on Bird Bunions.
Thank you Arthur for making me laugh!
Ha ha great poems.